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Paddlesport Coaching British Canoe Union Level 1 Certificate (UKCC/BCU)

  • L1

The Paddlesport Instructor is the first step on the paddlesport coaching pathway, and the entry point for most paddlesport coaches. This qualification develops the foundation coaching skills that underpin coaching practice. Specifically, it introduces the fundamentals of safe, ethical and effective paddlesport coaching and is available as a bank-based or a boat-based qualification. The qualification is not discipline specific and is suitable for coaches who work with paddlers from any of the competitive and recreational paddlesport disciplines. The course prepares coaches, for running taster sessions, coaching introductory core skills, coaching paddlers in a variety of craft and coaching in sheltered and very sheltered water conditions, normally with the support of a more qualified coach.


Entry requirements

Candidates wishing to book on to a Paddlesport Instructor course must register with their respective Home Nation Association.

It is advisable to do this at least 2-weeks prior to the training course.

Registration is the start of the process by which a coach’s training and assessment journey is recorded and gives the coach access to the training resources and Assessment Portfolio for that qualification. Registration is different to booking a place on a course, which is done directly with the course provider.

Registration for the Paddlesport Instructor is open to persons aged 16 and above and costs £45. All candidates registering for the Paddlesport Instructor course will need to be a member of their respective Home Nation Association.

All candidates are required to have completed:

  • Foundation Safety and Rescue Training prior to attending this training course.
  • 2 Star (or higher) in Canoe and Kayak or Paddlepower Discover

In some cases these may be included within the training course programme so if in doubt please contact your course provider.

Evidence of competition performance may be used instead of the Star Award prerequisite, for more information please see Star Awards Equivalents for Competition Paddlers.

Registration is valid for 12 months and you have 12 months from the start of the learning programme to finish everything needed for certification. If more time is required you may Request an Extension.

Course content

This course will introduce you to the foundation concepts of good coaching practice, including session planning, delivery and review, and safe practice. You will also learn top tips, games and activities to use in your sessions. Through this course you will gain the confidence, skills and techniques needed to encourage and improve your students. If you do not already have the Safety and Rescue Foundation Certificate there will be the opportunity to achieve this during the course (please enquire for more details).

Assessment methods

There will be five assessment tasks to complete as part of the course; these will be a mixture of practical tasks, a multiple-choice question paper and tutor questioning.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this course you can progress on to the Coaching Paddlesport Level 2 Certificate.

Additional information

Equipment will be provided, including canoes/kayaks, but not wetsuits and boots.

Course Information & How to Apply

For further information and to apply, please call 01767 626215.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
4 days 11/02/2019 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 9.00 am - 5.00 pm £210 Shuttleworth College B870S2 Course in progress


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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